Lamar Jackson is the best player in the NFL right now.
The sizzling hot Baltimore quarterback on Monday (AEDT) became the first player in 12 years — and the second player ever — to record two perfect passing ranking scores in the same season after he caught fire to blow the Cincinnati Bengals away 49-13 in Ohio.
Jackson, who entered the season, as a divisive star that many commentators claimed had too many throwing weaknesses to lead the Ravens to the playoffs, suddenly finds himself as the realest of real MVP candidates.
His perfect passer rating of 158.3 came on the back of his 223-yards gained after connecting with 15 of his 17 throws — a Ravens record completion percentage.
He also had a further 65 yards from seven runs.
Jackson also threw five touchdown passes and had a perfect rating during a 59-10 win over the Dolphins in week one.
It makes him the first player since Ben Roethlisberger in 2007 to achieve two perfect games in the one season.
At the age of 22, Jackson is one of just six players in NFL history to achieve multiple perfect passer ratings.
However, even more impressive than his historic stat line is the freakish spin-move touchdown run he pulled off in the third quarter.
He got out.Source:Getty Images
Jackson’s defensive line-splitting run became an instant icon of the game when he executed a clean 360 degree spin and had three Bengals defenders jumping at shadows and clutching nothing but air.
After breaking the line, Jackson found himself boxed in by three rushing defenders, but one by one they all fell around him.
One of the defenders had his ankles broken by the absurd, explosive change of direction.
One of the covering defenders then went crashing into the other one as Jackson spun and darted for the end zone.
The run was the talk of the NFL on Monday, as the Ravens improved to an impressive 7-2 for the season and Jackson marked himself the league’s MVP so far this season.
“I think that was the craziest thing I’ve witnessed on the field with somebody,” running back Mark Ingram said.
“He just spun and took off and let me just escort him. That’s Lamar. That’s special.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh declared Jackson’s run will be a highlight that people still remember decades from now.
“I don’t see how anybody could sit there and say they anticipated that run there,” Harbaugh said.
“They’ll be watching that run for decades and decades. That’s a run that everybody in the country is going to see by tomorrow afternoon.
Lamar Jackson was unstoppable.Source:AFP
“That’s rare. That was special.
“It’s a great day for him, a great day for everybody.”
The Ravens sideline erupted when Jackson reached the end zone. “They were going crazy: ‘Oh my God! Oh! Oh!”’ Ravens linebacker Tyus Bowser said.
Even the Bengals (0-9) were left in awe.
“Their quarterback is the most dynamic quarterback I’ve ever seen,” said Bengals coach Zac Taylor, who now has lost twice to him.
“I’ll be interested down the road to see how other teams try to stop him.” Nobody has figured it out this season. The AFC North leaders have won five in a row for the first time since 2013, with Jackson leading the way with his passing as well as his running.
Jackson, who attended the nearby University of Louisville before being drafted by the Ravens, even received MVP chants from Bengals fans in an away game.
His highlight run was described by NFL commentators as “hysterical” and “filthy”.
Lamar Jackson is a video game.. That spin move was HYSTERICAL.
Been waiting for a long touchdown run by Lamar Jackson. It was only a matter of time. That spin move was FILTHY.
Lamar Jackson is just the 6th player in NFL history with multiple career games with a perfect passer rating.
? Peyton Manning – 3
? Ben Roethlisberger – 3
? Kurt Warner – 3
? Lamar Jackson – 2
? Tom Brady – 2
? Craig Morton – 2
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Lamar Jackson today:
? 223 passing yards
? 65 rushing yards
? 4 total touchdowns
? Perfect passer rating
? Run of the year
Lamar Jackson destroyed everything in his path ?
288 total yards
"Lamar Jackson should switch positions"
"Lamar Jackson can't throw"
"Lamar Jackson is just the next Tim Tebow"
Lamar Jackson: pic.twitter.com/MRRkan3cFe
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So far, Lamar Jackson is the MVP.
SKY DIVER CRASHES HARD IN NFL HALF TIME SHOW
A sky diver has crash-landed hard during a half time show in the Green Bay Packers’ win over Carolina Panthers on Monday.
A sky diver appeared to lose control in the windy conditions at Lambeau Field and he went sweeping across the field as he came into land.
He ended up thumping hard into the wall outside the playing arena, but was able to dust himself off and walked away with only his pride suffering injury.
During halftime at Lambeau, a skydiver crashed into a wall while landing.
He popped right up though and seemed to be ok! ? pic.twitter.com/8HNc1GwRHW
It didn’t distract the Packers from returning to the field and holding on for a 24-16 win over the Panthers.
Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey was ruled just short of a snow-covered end zone on the game’s final play — enough to see the Packers improve to an 8-2 record.
The Panthers had a chance to force overtime, with Kyle Allen leading them down the field thanks to some of his career-high 307 yards passing.
But McCaffrey couldn’t quite get the ball in for a score — according to both the original call on the field and a replay review.
Aaron Jones had three touchdowns for the home team.
EVERYONE LOSES IN DEPRESSING NEW YORK DUEL
Saquon Barkley couldn’t catch a cold.Source:Getty Images
The Jets are worse than the tanking Dolphins but better than the supposedly urgent Giants.
Chew on that idea the NFL has revealed over the last two weeks.
Cue the five-alarm fire for Pat Shurmur and the Giants and a sigh of relief for Adam Gase and the Jets, who were in the conversation for worst NFL team after duds the last few weeks. The Giants responded Sunday: Hold my football.
Daniel Jones outplayed Sam Darnold in the boxscore but the Jets’ 34-27 win at their shared home of MetLife Stadium was more about which team was more inept: The Giants had the worse defense, the worse offensive line and the worse coaching adjustments on the way to a sixth straight loss.
Things got so bad for the Giants (2-8) they had to punt with less than three minutes remaining and no timeouts remaining because it was fourth-and-19 from their own 3-yard line. Allowing six sacks will create desperation.
Saquon Barkley carried 13 times for just 1 yard, while Le’Veon Bell looked like a hero by comparison with 18 carries for 34 yards and a touchdown. The Jets (2-8) scored the final 13 points.
The lead changed hands twice in the second half, with the Jets squandering a 21-13 lead by allowing 14 consecutive points and the Giants blowing a 27-21 lead by giving up the next 13 on three straight series.
Jones threw for 294 yards and, for the second time in eight career starts, threw four touchdowns. The first two went to Darius Slayton, the next two to Golden Tate.
Both 22-year-old quarterbacks came in with serious questions about ball security, but only Jones’ factored. He fumbled twice when Barkley offered no help in pass protection, and Darnold played a much-needed clean game, with a touchdown pass, a touchdown run and 230 yards passing.
Jamal Adams actually bowled over Barkley and ripped the ball out of Jones’ hands, returning it for a touchdown less than a minute into the second half. Seven weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain and in his fourth game back in action, Barkley’s limitations are obvious.
The Jets extended their lead to seven with 7:36 to play but the Giants had three more possessions with a chance to tie. Two resulted in punts and one was a lost fumble when the only hope was a lateral miracle.
The first half was a tale of two different quarters.
The Jets led 14-0 with advantages of 121-2 in yards and 9-1 in first downs at the end of the first. The Giants answered with two touchdown drives in the second, flipping the script with edges of 105-4 in yards and 7-1 in first downs.
The difference separating the teams — and putting the Giants in a one-point hole — was a botched PAT by the Giants because of a bad snap by Zak DeOssie. Holder Riley Dixon, a punter by trade, threw an incomplete pass.
How big was that missing point? It prompted the Giants to go for a two-point conversion to try for a tie score with 11:51 to go in the third quarter.
Tate, who scored a touchdown on a 61-yard catch-and-run, was flagged for offensive pass interference, taking two points off the board. Aldrick Rosas missed from 43 yards — his third straight game with a missed PAT — after the penalty yardage was enforced.
The Giants played most of the game without three injured offensive line starters — inactive center Jon Halapio and right tackle Mike Remmers, who were later joined by left tackle Nate Solder (concussion). At tackle, Nick Gates made his first NFL start and Eric Smith made his NFL debut.
— Ryan Dunleavy, New York Post
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